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Forum topic by Mike_D_S posted 07-16-2012 12:31 AM 428 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike_D_S

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07-16-2012 12:31 AM

I recently picked up a Steel City 3HP cabinet saw and from using it to do some basic projects the set up seemed to be ok. I’m about to start a new project and I decided to go through the setup as per the manual.

In general, everything looks to be in good shape, but I have a question about blade alignment on a saw like this. Currently I measure the blade alignment to the miter slot (with dial indicator) to be -0.003” at the rear of the blade. After doing some searches, I see some comments about trying to get the alignment as close as possible with 0.001” being excellent.

In general, I like to be as accurate as possible, but am I trying to fix a problem that doesn’t really exist? Is 0.003” acceptable, or should I go ahead and try to tweak it down?

My primary concern is that the alignment instructions basically say to loosen the table top mounting bolts and “adjust” the top to align the blade. With the weight of the top and the small adjustment needed, I’m worried I’ll actually do more harm than good.

So I’m looking for advice, do I tweak it or not and if so, anyone have any tricks or techniques other than loosen the bolts slightly and just rubber mallet it?

Thanks,
Mike

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 12:35 AM

I think i would stop at that point. Consider how much it would take to spin a bolt .002”, maybe a 64th of a turn (im guessing here, extremely arbitrary). Just my opinion here, ive never even measured the run out on my tablesaw for what its worth ’:) but ill be watchin the thread, id like to know the opinions out there.

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 01:03 AM

If the blade is within 0.003” of the miter slot, I’d just fine tune the fence and leave the trunnion/top table alone.

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